The Las Vegas Aces made history over the weekend, clinching their first ever WNBA championship in franchise history. The victory also secured them in the history books within Las Vegas, as they are the first ever professional team to capture a championship for the city. It was quite the accomplishment for a team that dominated both the season and postseason run.
🏆 CHAMPIONS 🏆
For the first time in franchise history, the @LVAces are #WNBA Champs, defeating the Connecticut Sun 3-1 in the #WNBAFinals presented by @YouTubeTV to take the title ‼️#MoreThan pic.twitter.com/KjErTsQTIM
— WNBA (@WNBA) September 18, 2022
Over the offseason, they brought in former San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, Becky Hammon to run the show. They hoped that she would bring a winning culture to the franchise, and she did that and more. Within her first season as a head coach, Hammon won the Coach of the Year award, was the All-Star game head coach, led her team to the best record in the league, and won the title. It was an impressive first year for Hammon and showed exactly why the Aces coveted her services last offseason. It was a great hire as I noted when the move was made.
Hammon was overlooked by many in the NBA, but she got her chance with the Aces and has run with it. Now a champion as a coach in addition to her accolades as a player, Hammon has solidified herself as a star within the game.
The Aces as a whole were simply dominant. They were tied for the best record in the regular season and secured the number one seed in the playoffs. They won the in-season Commissioner’s Cup Trophy while star A’ja Wilson won the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year award. Wilson and guard Kelsey Plum were named to the first-team All-WNBA squad and guard Jackie Young was named the Most Improved Player of the Year. It was a year of awards for Las Vegas that ultimately ended with a championship victory.
They beat the Connecticut Sun three games to one in the WNBA Finals, but it felt like their series the entire time. Guard Chelsea Gray was named WNBA Finals MVP after her impressive run to help this team get their title. It was sweet redemption for Las Vegas as they were swept in the Finals back in 2020. They got back and this time, brought home the title.
The Aces don’t look to be going anywhere anytime soon and will have a chance to repeat as champions next year. No WNBA team has done so since the Los Angeles Sparks back in 2001-2002. Las Vegas has its title and now, can continue to push towards creating a dynasty.